Asked on Apr 2, 2012

How to remove dried sanded grout?

Therese Ryan-HaasMichelle ETri-Lite Builders ~ Homework Remodels


When we did our master bathroom remodel, my son did not get all the sanded grout off the tile when it was still wet. Now here it is a few years later and I still have grout on tile. Is there any way to remove it now? Oh here is photos of the bathroom remodel my sons, me and my husband did. This was before the wallpaper and paint and trim was complete ( crown molding still not completed).
Tub surround completed. Top is not wood- it is cherry laminate. The chandelier was $2 at a yard sale, I added the crystals. The corners on the border are actually wood painted to match as it was discontinued tile and could not find more pieces to complete. You can see the grout splotches- they are still there.
This is the sink area- the claw foot vanity we made out of a damaged cherry cabinet my husbands work was going to pitch after the forklift damaged it. We fixed it and custom ordered the cherry wood top and treated with spar poly urethane and trimmed it out with molding and attached feet and I stained it all to match. The bowl and faucet were clearance items- $20 and $25 respectively. The mirror I picked out of someones trash and ordered the swan sconces in chrome on ebay for $5 each...painted and used rub n buff to antique them. The alabaster shades I will someday change out when I find ones I like better that are taller. I got those for $3 each. You can see some of the grout on the tiles here too...I did get the "swirls" scrubbed off.
5 answers
  • John P
    on Apr 2, 2012

    if it is a smooth glazed tile it could be scraped off to a light film and then washed off you might also still be able to soften it if you can hold a wet rag over it for awhile unless it has been sealed already

  • Michelle E
    on Apr 2, 2012

    Some of it is in the recesses of the embossed tiles. I do think my son sealed the tile in this room- but not positive as I do have a few stains from when my husband dripped and splattered his hair color. Grrr!

    • Rose McDonald
      on Oct 9, 2014

      @Michelle E You might try a hair dye remover product on the dye stains. Clairol makes a good one called Uncolor.

  • Home depot has a product from Tile Lab called Sulfamic acid Cleaner. Be sure to use gloves and ventilate the area well. Follow the directions and expect to put some time into the project. I have not used it myself, but I heard that it works well to take off dried grout from the surface of textured tile. No guarantee about removing hair coloring. Good luck with your project.

  • Michelle E
    on Apr 2, 2012

    Thanks! I will pick some up.

  • Therese Ryan-Haas
    on Oct 11, 2014

    Might want to try scrubbing with Vinegar and a soft scotch bright. It worked for me when I left the black grout on the white tile to long. It left a ugly dark haze. Talk about panic city. But a little scrubbing with vinegar it came right off.

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